He took 259 wickets in 147 matches
Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday.
The 28-year-old, while speaking exclusively with Samaa TV, said that he “was being mentally tortured” and cannot continue to play under such circumstances.
“I am not moving away from the game,” he said. “There are efforts being made to do so. If you take a look at the environment which is being created, I got the wakeup call of being sidelined when my name was not included in the 35-member squad that would tour New Zealand.”
He added that he cannot tolerate such behaviour any further, adding “I was being treated that way till 2015 when I was banned from the game. The people were saying that the Pakistan Cricket Board had invested so much on me. It was only [former chairman] Najam Sethi and [all-rounder] Shahid Afridi who had put their faith in me. I was taunted on my every single decision and behaviour.”
He lamented that his decision to retire from red-ball cricket was presented in the wrong context and it was linked to my participation in T20 leagues.
“They portrayed my decision to retire from Test cricket as if I don’t want to represent my country anymore,” he said. “Please tell me who would not want to represent their country? I made my comeback through the Bangladesh Premier League and I could have announced my retirement from the international cricket back then as well. But I wanted to perform to my full potential in the limited-overs format. However, the current bowling coach [Waqar Younis] taunted me that I ditched the national team.”
The left-armer, who arrived at the scene in a T20I game against England in June 2009, participated in 147 international fixtures in which he took 259 wickets.
He was part of the Pakistan squad which won the 2009 World T20I. However, his career faced a downward spiral when he was banned for five years over his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal during the tour of England in 2010.
Upon his return to the international side, Amir played a leading role in Pakistan’s formidable pace attack and helped the side won its maiden International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy title back in 2017.
The pacer retired from Test cricket citing workload reasons and has been participating in limited-overs format. The decision also came under strict criticism by several former players and legends.